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Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2: The Ultimate Guide for Traktor Scratch Users


Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2: What Is It and How to Use It?




If you are a DJ who wants to have the best of both worlds, combining the flexibility and power of digital DJing with the feel and control of traditional vinyl or CD players, then you might be interested in Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2. This is a special type of CD that allows you to control your music files on your computer using your CD players as if they were regular CDs. In this article, we will explain what Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 is, how it works, how to set it up, how to use it, and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of it.




Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2



Introduction




Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 is a product of Native Instruments, a leading company in the field of music technology and software. It is part of their Traktor Scratch series, which is designed for DJs who want to use their computer as a powerful DJ tool without sacrificing the tactile feel of their turntables or CD players.


Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 is essentially a CD that contains a special signal called timecode. This signal is read by your CD players and sent to your computer via an audio interface. The computer then interprets this signal as a movement of the CD player's jog wheel or pitch fader. This way, you can control your music files on your computer using your CD players as if they were regular CDs.


Some of the main features and benefits of Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 are:



  • It gives you precise and accurate control over your tracks, allowing you to scratch, pitch bend, cue, loop, and mix them as you would with regular CDs.



  • It works seamlessly with Traktor Pro, Native Instruments' flagship DJ software, which offers a wide range of features and functions for creative and professional DJing.



  • It is compatible with most CD players that support timecode CDs, such as Pioneer, Denon, Numark, and others.



  • It is easy to download and burn Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 from the Native Instruments website. You can also buy pre-burned CDs from authorized dealers.



If you are interested in using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 for your DJing, the first step is to download and burn the CD image file from the Native Instruments website. You will need a CD burner and a blank CD-R or CD-RW. Follow the instructions on the website to download and burn the CD image file. Make sure you use a low burning speed and verify the data after burning. You can also label your CD with a marker or a sticker for easy identification.


How to Set Up Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 with Your DJ Equipment




Once you have your Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 ready, you will need to set it up with your DJ equipment. You will need the following components:



  • A computer with Traktor Pro installed and activated. You can download Traktor Pro from the Native Instruments website or use the installation CD that came with your Traktor Scratch product.



  • An audio interface that supports timecode input and output. You can use the Traktor Audio 6 or Traktor Audio 10 interfaces that are included in the Traktor Scratch A6 and A10 packages, respectively. You can also use other compatible audio interfaces, such as the Traktor Kontrol Z2 mixer or the Traktor Kontrol S4 controller.



  • Two CD players that support timecode CDs. You can use any CD players that have a pitch control and a digital output, such as Pioneer CDJ series, Denon DN-S series, Numark NDX series, and others.



  • A mixer that connects your CD players and your audio interface. You can use any mixer that has at least two channels and a line input for each channel, such as Pioneer DJM series, Allen & Heath Xone series, Rane MP series, and others.



  • Cables to connect your audio interface, your CD players, and your mixer. You will need RCA cables to connect the digital output of your CD players to the input of your audio interface, and to connect the output of your audio interface to the line input of your mixer. You will also need a USB cable to connect your audio interface to your computer.



The following diagram shows an example of how to connect your equipment:



+-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+ Computer Audio Interface Mixer +-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+ USB /\ RCA /\ RCA / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ V V V V V V V +-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+ CD Player 1 -- Input 1 -- Channel 1 +-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+ CD Player 2 -- Input 2 -- Channel 2 +-----------------+ +-----------------+ +-----------------+


After connecting your equipment, you will need to configure Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 in Traktor Pro software. To do this, follow these steps:



  • Launch Traktor Pro on your computer and open the Preferences window by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right corner.



  • Select Audio Setup from the left menu and choose your audio interface as the Audio Device. Make sure the Sample Rate and Latency are set to optimal values for your system and click Apply.



  • Select Output Routing from the left menu and choose Internal Mixing Mode. Assign the outputs of your audio interface to the corresponding channels of your mixer. For example, if you are using the Traktor Audio 6 interface, you can assign Output 1/2 to Channel 1 and Output 3/4 to Channel 2. Click Apply.



  • Select Input Routing from the left menu and choose Live Input Mode. Assign the inputs of your audio interface to the corresponding decks of Traktor Pro. For example, if you are using the Traktor Audio 6 interface, you can assign Input 1/2 to Deck A and Input 3/4 to Deck B. Click Apply.



  • Select Timecode Setup from the left menu and enable Timecode Control for the decks that you want to use with Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2. Choose CD Timecode Mk2 as the Timecode Type and adjust the Input Sensitivity and Calibration settings for optimal performance. Click Apply.



  • Close the Preferences window and load some tracks from your computer to the decks that you have enabled Timecode Control for. You can use the browser section on the left side of Traktor Pro to browse and load tracks.



You are now ready to use Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 with your DJ equipment.


How to Use Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 for DJing




Using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 for DJing is very similar to using regular CDs. You can use your CD players to load, play, pause, stop, cue, scratch, pitch bend, and mix your tracks as you would normally do. The only difference is that you are controlling your music files on your computer instead of the CDs themselves.


Here are some basic steps on how to use Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 for DJing:



  • Insert Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 into your CD players and press play. You should see a spinning vinyl icon on the decks that you have enabled Timecode Control for in Traktor Pro. This indicates that the timecode signal is being detected and processed by the software.



  • Use the jog wheel or pitch fader of your CD players to adjust the speed and direction of the tracks on your computer. You should see the waveform and tempo of the tracks change accordingly in Traktor Pro.



  • Use the cue button or cue point knob of your CD players to set and jump to cue points on your tracks. You should see the cue points appear and flash on the waveform in Traktor Pro.



  • Use the loop button or loop length knob of your CD players to set and activate loops on your tracks. You should see the loop region highlighted on the waveform in Traktor Pro.



  • Use the mixer section of your CD players or your external mixer to adjust the volume, EQ, crossfader, and other parameters of your tracks. You should see the level meters and other indicators change in Traktor Pro.



  • Use the effects section of Traktor Pro to apply effects to your tracks. You can use your mouse, keyboard, or a MIDI controller to control the effects parameters. You can also assign effects to specific channels or decks using the routing options in Traktor Pro.



These are just some of the basic functions that you can perform with Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2. You can also use other features of Traktor Pro, such as remix decks, stems, sync, beat jump, beat grid, key lock, and more with Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2. You can also use multiple Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs with different timecode signals to control up to four decks in Traktor Pro.


Tips and Tricks for Using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2




Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 is a powerful and versatile tool for DJing, but it also requires some practice and fine-tuning to get the best results. Here are some tips and tricks for using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2:



  • Make sure you use high-quality blank CDs and a reliable CD burner to create your Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs. Poor-quality CDs or burning errors can cause skipping, distortion, or loss of signal.



  • Make sure you clean your CD players regularly and avoid dust, dirt, or scratches on your Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs. These can also affect the quality and accuracy of the timecode signal.



  • Make sure you calibrate your Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs before using them for DJing. You can do this by inserting your Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs into your CD players and pressing the Calibrate button in the Timecode Setup section of Traktor Pro. This will adjust the input sensitivity and noise threshold settings for optimal performance.



  • Make sure you use relative mode instead of absolute mode when using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs. Relative mode allows you to use any part of the CD to control your tracks, while absolute mode requires you to use the exact position of the CD. Relative mode is more convenient and flexible, especially if you want to use cue points, loops, or effects.



  • Make sure you use the scratch control feature of Traktor Pro to enable or disable scratching with Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs. You can do this by pressing the Scratch button on the decks that you have enabled Timecode Control for in Traktor Pro. This will allow you to switch between scratching and pitch bending modes with your CD players.



  • Make sure you use the key lock feature of Traktor Pro to preserve the original pitch of your tracks when using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs. You can do this by pressing the Key Lock button on the decks that you have loaded tracks on in Traktor Pro. This will prevent your tracks from sounding too high or low when you change their speed with your CD players.



  • Make sure you use the sync feature of Traktor Pro to synchronize the tempo and phase of your tracks when using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs. You can do this by pressing the Sync button on the decks that you want to sync in Traktor Pro. This will make your tracks play in harmony and make your transitions smoother and easier.



Conclusion




Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 is a great solution for DJs who want to combine the advantages of digital DJing with the feel and control of traditional CD players. It allows you to control your music files on your computer using your CD players as if they were regular CDs. It works seamlessly with Traktor Pro, which offers a rich and powerful set of features and functions for creative and professional DJing.


To use Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2, you need to download and burn the CD image file from the Native Instruments website, set it up with your DJ equipment, configure it in Traktor Pro, and start playing and mixing your tracks. You can also use other features of Traktor Pro, such as effects, loops, cues, remix decks, stems, sync, beat jump, beat grid, key lock, and more with Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2.


We hope this article has given you a clear and comprehensive overview of what Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 is and how to use it. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below. Thank you for reading and happy DJing!


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2:



  • What is the difference between Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk1 and Mk2?



Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk1 and Mk2 are two versions of timecode CDs for Traktor Scratch products. The main difference is that Mk2 has a higher resolution and accuracy than Mk1, which means it provides better performance and stability. However, both versions are compatible with Traktor Scratch products and can be used interchangeably.


  • Can I use Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 with other DJ software or hardware?



Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 is designed to work with Traktor Scratch products and Traktor Pro software. It may not work properly or at all with other DJ software or hardware that do not support timecode CDs or have different timecode formats. Therefore, we recommend using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 only with Traktor Scratch products and Traktor Pro software.


  • How can I update or upgrade my Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2?



Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 does not require any updates or upgrades, as it is a physical CD that contains a fixed timecode signal. However, you may need to update or upgrade your Traktor Scratch products and Traktor Pro software to the latest versions, as they may include new features, improvements, or bug fixes. You can check for updates or upgrades on the Native Instruments website or use the Native Access application on your computer.


  • Where can I buy or download Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2?



You can buy pre-burned Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 CDs from authorized dealers of Native Instruments products, such as online stores or local shops. You can also download the CD image file from the Native Instruments website and burn it yourself using a CD burner and a blank CD-R or CD-RW. You will need to register your Traktor Scratch product or Traktor Pro software on the Native Instruments website to access the download link.


  • How can I contact Native Instruments for support or feedback on Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2?



If you need any support or feedback on Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2, you can contact Native Instruments through their website, email, phone, or social media channels. You can also visit their online forums, knowledge base, or tutorials for more information and tips on using Cd Timecode Traktor Iso Mk2 and other products.


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